Opening Day in Houston

Mark Newman:

I just wrote about 70,000 words, told more Opening Day stories than any single book ever had, built what was essentially a living e-book over months, and as of moments ago all 30 teams finally have a win or loss. It started with a countdown on Jan. 31 at 51 days till Sydney (featuring Ichiro), and became a liveblog through the MLB Opening Series, Sunday’s Opening Night at San Diego, 13 Opening Day games, and then a final Tuesday Opening Day game marking the start of Derek Jeter’s farewell tour. See all the firsts on Grand Openings, MLB.com’s official Opening Day blog, at openingday.mlblogs.com.

Originally posted on Grand Openings:

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter got his 3,317th hit, got plunked, and got his final season started. Nolan Ryan threw to Craig Biggio, and Scott Feldman threw like every Houston fan hopes he will again. Dexter Fowler got it all started for Houston with doubles in his first two ABs as an Astro, Jesus Guzman went deep, Jose Altuve pestered the visitors and they were happy in Texas. Now every team has played a regular season game and nobody is 0-0 in the Standings. We have all the firsts . . . .

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MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • The Cutoff Man explains how the Yankees owe the Astros a thank-you for Derek Jeter.
  • Curly W Live shares highlights of the Nationals’ come-from-behind Opening Day victory.
  • Todd Zolecki recaps a record-setting and very memorable Opening Day for Jimmy Rollins.
  • Beat writer Adam McCalvy offers a roundup of a thrilling start to the season for the Brewers.
  • Tigers beat writer Jason Beck breaks down Miguel Cabrera’s recent contract extension.
  • Former MLB scout Bernie Pleskoff shares his 2014 predictions for the National League.
  • TribeVibe features a photo gallery of the grounds crew at Progressive Field getting ready.
  • SF Giants Photos posted a photo gallery of snaps from the Giants’ Opening Day win.
  • Twins photographer Brace Hemmelgarn documents the 2014 food lineup at Target Field.
  • Our Game features a guest post by Scott Simkus, author of the book, Outsider Baseball.
  • MLB.com Fantasy 411 offers up Pitch or Ditch recommendations for Wednesday’s games.

Opening Day

Mark Newman:

Join me on our MLB.com Grand Openings liveblog. What an incredible day so far. The first walk-offs, the first grand slam, the first Replay Review challenges, the first blown save, all the first hits and runs and special moments. Join me in comments there at http://openingday.mlblogs.com

Originally posted on Grand Openings:

PNC Park, site of Pirates 1, Cubs 0

Today’s Games | Watch live on MLB.TV

First Replay Review challenge by a manager: Jeff Samardzija bunts into a 1-5-4 double play after the Cubs mount a rally in the top of the fifth at Pittsburgh. Rick Renteria challenges, and the call is upheld.

First Replay Review reversal of 2014: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle keeps his until the top of the 10th in that same game, and Bryan Morris picks off Bonifacio. The runner is initially called safe, but upon further review, he’s out. It took 2:30 for the review.

So far we’ve quickly seen our first walk-offs thanks to an Alex Gonzalez single in the ninth for Detroit and then a 10th-inning homer by Neil Walker to provide the only run in Pittsburgh; our first grand slam byJimmy Rollins; a successfully managerial debut for Brad Ausmus and Matt Williams; our first run-scoring wild pitch; our first immediate comeback from 6-0…

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MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • Clubhouse Confidential explains how the A’s are just as interested in IQs as other stats.
  • Beat writer Bryan Hoch looks at MLB.com’s projection of the Yankees’ 2014 fantasy stats.
  • Phillies Insider Larry Shenk bids farewell to Clearwater as the Phillies depart for home.
  • On Cloud Conine lists six reasons to get excited about Jose’s Heroes at Marlins Park.
  • John & Cait explain the #MyBrewersOpener Contest taking place Monday at Miller Park.
  • Better Off Red shares full information on the Reds’ announcements for the Opening Series.
  • The Cleveland Indians announced their Opening Day festivities and TribeVibe has details.
  • MLB historian John Thorn posted a picture portfolio of women in baseball at Our Game.
  • MLB.com Fantasy 411‘s Zach Steinhorn shares the 2014 Listener League Draft results.
  • The Rangers’ Kaylan Eastepp checks in with an update to her Sweet Spot in Baseball blog.
  • Matt’s Bats‘ 2014 season preview continues with a look at the landscape in the NL East.
  • Teen blogger Matthew Nadel makes his top five predictions for 2020 at Baseball with Matt.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • Britt Ghiroli says the Orioles are in win now mode following some big offseason additions.
  • Bryan Hoch breaks down the battles for the final spots on the Yankees’ 25-man roster.
  • David Wright spoke candidly with Anthony DiComo about the Mets’ offensive potential.
  • Armed with a talented, young pitching staff, Joe Frisaro sees the Marlins’ offense as key.
  • Greg Johns analyzes the impact of the Mariners’ recent signing of pitcher Chris Young.
  • John & Cait offer up their preview of what fans can expect to find at Miller Park this season.
  • Jon SooHoo documents the unveiling of Tommy Lasorda’s Trattoria at Dodger Stadium.
  • The Cutoff Man details the new seating and food options for fans at Yankee Stadium in 2014.
  • Better Off Red examines the beer selection on tap at Great American Ball Park this season.
  • Callis’ Corner shares a bonus profile on Diamondbacks pitching prospect Braden Shipley.
  • Jonathan Mayo has an update on the medical condition of Draft prospect Dylan Cease.
  • Matt’s Bats‘ division-by-division 2014 season preview rolls on with a trip through the AL East.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • T.R. Sullivan evaluates the state of the Rangers’ pitching following some major developments.
  • Cubs Vine Line Blog highlights the praise from other front offices for some Cubs prospects.
  • Hank the Ballpark Pup signed his Brewers contract and John & Cait have the full story.
  • On Cloud Conine shares six facts about new Marlins President of Baseball Ops Michael Hill.
  • Jon SooHoo posted photos from a workout day at Dodger Stadium in Dodgers Photog Blog.
  • The Orioles announced their plans for Opening Day and Britt Ghiroli has all the details.
  • Phillies Insider Larry Shenk put together some notes from the final days of Spring Training.
  • MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis presents a Q&A with Rangers prospect Alex Gonzalez.
  • Matt’s Bats‘ season preview rolls on as the young blogger takes a look at the NL Central.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • The Atlanta Braves Foundation’s online auction is under way and Braves Give has details.
  • Bryan Hoch reports on the Yankees’ decision to name Michael Pineda the fifth starter.
  • Curly W Live has an excerpt from a feature in Nationals Magazine on pitcher Doug Fister.
  • Better Off Red shares a full report from Tuesday’s Great American Ball Park food tasting.
  • Former Major League scout Bernie Pleskoff takes stock as Spring Training winds down.
  • From the Corner of Edgar & Dave highlights a side of the Mariners you don’t always see.
  • John & Cait check in with a March Madness update from their Bracketology competition.
  • Anthony DiComo shares a video of Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey getting punked by his manager.
  • Jim Callis identifies Tayron Guerrero as a another Padres breakout candidate in his blog.
  • Zach Steinhorn recaps how he fared in the Mixed Tout Wars at MLB.com Fantasy 411.
  • MLBPipeline.com’s Jonathan Mayo posted an update on top draft prospect Dylan Cease.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • TribeVibe posted a video with Nick Swisher and his new roommate, comedian Mike Polk, Jr.
  • Curly W Live previews an interview with new manager Matt Williams in Nationals Magazine.
  • Mark Bowman says the Braves cut into their already-thin depth by releasing Freddy Garcia.
  • Ian Browne examines the terms of David Ortiz’s recent contract extension with the Red Sox.
  • Alden Gonzalez has an update on the quiet surrounding a contract extension for Mike Trout.
  • Groundskeeping guru Murray Cook thanks the grounds crew for the Opening Series in Sydney.
  • Todd Zolecki writes that the Phillies are nearing decision day on the fate of Bobby Abreu.
  • MLB.com Fantasy 411 recaps Mock Madness, a 10-team, mixed-league blitz of a mock draft.
  • Beat writer Brian McTaggart looks ahead to project the Astros’ 25-man Opening Day roster.
  • MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis identifies another A’s breakout candidate in Daniel Robertson.
  • Bruce Allardice profiles a catcher who stopped a revolution in a guest post for Our Game.
  • A nine-year old Pro Blogger previews the American League Central for his Matt’s Bats blog.

Dodgers 3, D-backs 1 in Game 1

Mark Newman:

Introducing our new Grand Openings blog at MLB.com. I set my alarm for 3:50 am ET, started reskinning the Opening Day Countdown Down Under blog, and over the next hours recorded firsts in a celebration of the return of real Major League Baseball action. Follow this blog!

Originally posted on Grand Openings:

Clayton Kershaw

After more than 50 days of an Opening Day Countdown Down Under, we’ve put up some new decorations on this blog for the regular season and we introduce you to Grand Openings — part of the overall MLB.com coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2014 season-openers. It all starts with the historic MLB Opening Series happening now in Sydney, Australia, so let’s look at some of the first firsts:

First win of MLB season: Dodgers 3, D-backs 1.

First winning pitcher: Clayton Kershaw (1-0), making it four consecutive Dodger wins when he starts on Opening Day. And first photograph (above, great shot by Matt King for MLB Photos via Getty Images) of a winning pitcher delivering a pitch with a huge dirt stain on his knee thanks to sliding into second base trying to stretch a single just moments before, ultimate gamer moment.

First losing pitcher: Wade Miley (0-1).

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How to schedule your life around Australia games

Opening Series AdviceOK, don’t say I never take care of you guys. I interviewed a sleep specialist doctor at length so those of us fans back here in North America will know EXACTLY how to schedule their lives around the MLB Opening Series in Australia. My story was just posted on the MLB.com homepage and we just tweeted it out on the @MLB account and I wanted to make sure you have this so you can stay razor sharp and alert as you blog for the masses about the return of REAL baseball games.

You may be surprised by some of the tips. You may not realize that you need to nap on the first day of baseball this time. And whatever you do, this is NOT the night for a midnight screening of Divergent, at least not if you are a real baseball fan. Get to bed early, get up at 3:50 am if on East Coast, or 12:50 if on West Coast in a Dodgers or D-backs household, and see the first pitch of the season. And that’s just the start…

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